Loghan Ashline ’21 is the newest development driver for Larsen Motorsports (LMS).
Ashline, 22, graduated in December with her bachelor’s degree in business administration and took a full-time position at Palm Bay-based LMS. On Feb. 28, the company announced that she was the 11th development driver in its history.
As such, she will undergo training and education with the goal of becoming a licensed jet dragster driver.
Ashline’s hometown and upbringing suggest she was destined for this. She was born in Mooresville, North Carolina, a town of about 38,000 known as Race City, USA, for its deep ties to NASCAR. Both of her parents worked in motorsports during her childhood, and her father still works as a safety engineer in motorsports. Attending races and car shows quickly became her favorite pastime, especially with her father and grandfather.
Ashline met LMS co-founders Chris and Elaine Larsen in 2017. She visited Florida Tech, toured the Larsen Motorsports facility and attended her first jet dragster race. Needless to say, she fell in love with everything that the company and the university had to offer. She started her undergraduate degree in the fall of 2018.
Starting as an intern, Ashline was able to learn the ins and outs of the business and marketing side of LMS. She was promoted to a paid position at the company in early 2019, which included traveling to races for the full season to assist with marketing and specifically photography. From 2019 to 2021, she was the traveling photographer for the race team, among other jobs. In 2020 she started learning the crewing process for a jet dragster. By 2021, Loghan was the newest crew chief for then development driver Josette Roach.
While she plans to go back to Florida Tech for her MBA , Ashline decided it was important to pursue her jet dragster license.
“Being a part of the development driver program at LMS is beyond a dream come true. This is my opportunity to try something entirely new and hopefully get licensed to learn,” Ashline said. “God has been so gracious to put me on this path with the Larsens and the rest of the team.”
Ashline is well prepared for this next step, added Elaine Larsen, co-founder and president of LMS. “She has literally touched every aspect of on-track race operations, first as a photographer, then as a crew chief, and now as a development driver. These elements amount to the perfect formula for Loghan’s success at LMS.”
Larsen Motorsports is located within the heart of Florida’s Space Coast manufacturing and technology corridor. Its 30,000-square-foot facility reflects the ultimate blend of traditional manufacturing and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing technology. LMS is a leading research and development company with full concept, design, engineering and operational capabilities in-house.